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When mentors and mentees communicate, what role does self-disclosure have?

Dutton, K.L. Deane, P. Bullen, Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self- disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation, Children and Youth Services Review (2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: These authors sought to understand how communication, a crucial element of building strong relationships, occurred in a mentoring context. Specifically, they […]

Older workers with the “right job” have fewer health troubles, can act as mentors

By Amy McCaig, Futurity Staying in the wrong job can be bad for the health of older people and push them into early retirement, research suggests. The researchers found that when older workers’ reasoning abilities matched well with their job demands, they reported fewer chronic health problems than when they couldn’t keep up. And when […]

These tools help coach college youth aged out of foster care to develop relationships

By Yvonne Unrau, Youth Today What does it take to engage students who age out of foster care into supportive relationships on the college campus? It helps to understand that relationships formed with supportive adults, such as caseworkers, foster parents, guardians ad litem and other professionals, while in foster care can change frequently for youth, […]

Mentors make the difference

High-achieving DACA recipients had help along the way from families and communities After studying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients for seven years, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Roberto Gonzales has seen, through their eyes, all the good and bad of the landmark immigration policy. Every story is different, and while DACA recipients […]

These connections are currency; some young people need our help to form them

By Stephanie Malia Krauss, youthtoday.org The other day I attended a diversity training at work. The facilitator talked about who and how we hire. She said something that really stuck with me: You get hired based on who you know; you get promoted based on who knows you. This is true in my own life. Since […]

New study on benefits of peer mentoring in chronic care

Williams, E. M., Hyer, J. M., Viswanathan, R., Faith, T. D., Voronca, D., Gebregzaibher, M., … & Egede, L. (2018). Peer‐to‐Peer Mentoring for African American Women With Lupus: A Feasibility Pilot. Arthritis care & research, 70(6), 908-917. doi:10.1002/acr.23412 Summarized by Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: Overall, this study demonstrates that peers can be instrumental in promoting self-management […]

Reclaim elders as leaders and mentors

By Raymond A. Jetson, Chief executive catalyst at MetroMorphosis and a Public Voices Fellow; The Advocate In September, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Chief Murphy Paul announced a plan to establish an advisory council to the chief, “to advise and support the police chief in another effort to improve community-police relations and boost law enforcement transparency.” […]

NY Times: Mentors help refugees transition into a new life

Written by Margy Rochlin OAKLAND, Calif. — Pascal Serugendo was only 7 when he first fled his violence-torn village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Separated from his family, he followed a group of grown-ups also escaping the deadly war over the country’s gold and diamonds. They arrived at a refugee camp, safe from the […]

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

Written by Emily Deruy, The Atlantic As policymakers and educators debate how to help high-schoolers from all backgrounds get to and through college, young people’s ideas about the support they need to succeed are sometimes left out of the discussion. Yet conversations with students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education […]

In praise of mentors: Miss Blanchard, Mr. P, and the many caring adults who change our lives

I bid farewell to my dad on a brisk November morning in 1979. After our hugs, I climbed onto my new yellow moped, sped down our steep driveway, and headed toward school. It seemed odd to be arriving at school so early on a Saturday morning, but I was joined by other seniors who were also taking the […]